By OLASUNKANMI AKONI, JOSEPHINE IGBINOVIA & MONSUR OLOWOOPEJO
LAGOS — The Governors of Lagos and Edo states, Babatunde Fashola and Adams Oshiomole respectively, have identified the need to tackle poverty by addressing Nigeria’s population growth.
The duo, who expressed concern over Nigeria’s spiralling population, decried that it was taking a toll on governance while also reducing quality of lives of Nigerians.
Also as Nigerians and politicians anxiously await the 2015 general elections, Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State and his Edo State counterpart, Adams Oshiomhole, yesterday, advocated the need for a woman president in the country, saying time has come for the country to be ruled by women.
Oshiomhole, however, said that the current face-off between the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, and the Federal Government was a pointer to the leadership challenge confronting the country.
The governors spoke, yesterday, in Lagos, at the flag-off of the 12th annual national conference by the Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials, COWLSO.
Fashola emphasised the need for women to begin to make conscious efforts towards cutting down on reproduction.
“You have both the yam and knife. We can only have a real chance to solve the problem of poverty if we slow down on our population.
“If two in three persons are already living in poverty in our world, what chances exists for those who are coming? Poverty should rather be reducing to one in three!
“In 1970, London had a population of about 8.5 million people while Lagos had 1.4 million people. Today, the city of London has dropped to 8.1 million people while Lagos has grown to 21 million! Is our land growing? Are our water resources increasing? Those are the resources we need to sustain life!”, Governor Fashola said at the conference tagged ‘See Beyond Today: Enhance the Quality of Life.’
Admitting that an input must occur before any output, Governor Adams Oshiomole advised men in the country to devise every possible strategy of easing population reduction, even if it requires medical intervention, adding, “we are about a quarter of all the black people around the world, but as men, let us be more concerned about the quality of this number.”